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Feds want House committee hearings into elections law overhaul bill done by May 1

Facing a virtual opposition revolt over radical changes to Canada’s federal election law and new provisions that threaten the independence and freedom of the chief electoral officer, the government on Tuesday promised at least a dozen witness hearings on the legislation that could stretch into May.

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Canada's Chief Electoral Officer Marc Mayrand and Democratic Reform Minister of State Pierre Poilievre. Despite a promise to hear ‘anyone who wants to come’ to speak on Bill C-23, as well as a last-minute agreement to consider opposition demands for public hearings across the country, it appeared later in the day the government was unwilling to give the opposition a stage outside Ottawa to highlight criticism of the measures.

 

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Feds want House committee hearings into elections law overhaul bill done by May 1

Facing a virtual opposition revolt over radical changes to Canada’s federal election law and new provisions that threaten the independence and freedom of the chief electoral officer, the government on Tuesday promised at least a dozen witness hearings on the legislation that could stretch into May.

The Hill Times photographs by Jake Wright
Canada's Chief Electoral Officer Marc Mayrand and Democratic Reform Minister of State Pierre Poilievre. Despite a promise to hear ‘anyone who wants to come’ to speak on Bill C-23, as well as a last-minute agreement to consider opposition demands for public hearings across the country, it appeared later in the day the government was unwilling to give the opposition a stage outside Ottawa to highlight criticism of the measures.

 

  

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Devon Jacobs, right, with Monte Solberg and Jim Armour at the 2012 Manning Networking Conference.

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Devon Jacobs with Liberal MP Scott Simms.

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Devon Jacobs with former colleague Jim Patrick, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau and Liberal MP Mauril Belanger at the 2013 all-party party.

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Devon Jacobs, centre, with Conservative MPs (from left) Susan Truppe, Colin Carrie, Ted Opitz, Lynne Yelich and Eve Adams.

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